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Neil Gits Woken Up

28th May 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

Well, everyone seemed quite happy with the hot weather and the sunshine around the Basildon area this weekend, but of course every silver lining is contained within a cloud and it can present the odd problem or two when the temperature gets too hot for us fair-skinned, bald-headed folks … like sleeping for instance ! Ironically, after a run of days inexplicably waking up briefly between 6am (ouch!) and 6.30am, on the last couple of nights I have slept through to my normal get out of bed time of nearer 9am, but now I fear the heat will scupper such blissful zzzzz’s time, so here I am blogging late at night to make sure I am totally knackered before my head hits the pillow !!

You are fully up to date with my latest playlists, so let’s look ahead to this Monday’s LIVE show and what you can expect to hear. It may be yet another Bank Holiday (I swear it is now ONLY the banks that actually shut on these Mondays now !!) but I have a “normal” show lined up, mainly so that if you are usually unable to tune in for the original broadcast you can experience just how “The Old Git” rolls … and maybe be tempted to check out more of the same on the “Listen Again” facility 🙂

The show mainly features vintage soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes from the 70s and 80s, but occasionally I dip into the 60s and 90s too, plus with the wealth of fantastic new smooth soul music being made these days, I find myself more and more featuring fresh tracks for features such as the “Soul Soothers”& “Mellow Moments”. This month is typical as our “Featured Artist” is The Haggis Horns and there are two “Featured Albums” the classically soulful “Too” by Cliff Payne and the “Soul House” collection by Brian Power – expect one cut from each across the show. Of course, “The Old Gits Jazzy Bit” is nearly always a cool instrumental from back in the day, “The Soul Years” transports you back to this day somewhere in the 70s or 80s for three totally uninterrupted huge chooons bringing back the memories and there is also “The Sounds Of The Street” which has nearly seen us work our way through the full iconic ‘Street Sounds’ compilations collection – it’s the first track from Edition 21 this time !

To find out more …. just turn on and tune in.  You can hear the show LIVE every Monday from 7-9pm, repeated in full 5-7pm on a Saturday and available here on the website via “Listen Again” whenever you like for up to 30 days !! Finally, as promised here is the updated gig guide :

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out

Friday 1st June
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100
Saturday 2nd June
“Jackie Wilson Says” – LIVE !
Support from “Higher Ground”
Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea.
8pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10 – Tel: (01702) 351135
Saturday 8th June
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus guest Ian Holmes
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
mobile: (07526) 633693
Friday 8th June
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry
Saturday 9th June
“Soul Down The Well”
The Havering Well, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0QA
DJs: Tony Treble & Gary Walden
“Summer Soul Classics, Anthems & Soulful House”
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Free Entry
Saturday 9th June
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
Saturday 9th June
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
Friday 15th June
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Friday 15th June
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
Saturday 16th June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry
Sunday 24th June
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry
Friday 29th June
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door
Saturday 30th June
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Latin & Afro & Soulful House”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Ian Holmes
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
Saturday 7th July
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club,
Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, Jonny Layton & Bigger
8pm – 1am ; Advance Tickets £10
Available from Crazy Beat Records, Upminster
Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444
Saturday 15th September
“Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”
Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN
“Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”
DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden
Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door
“Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am
29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
More details to follow …
3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :
Caister 2018 :
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”
Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;
“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !
 E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978.